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Intern Seminars & Events

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PILI offers a weekly Educational Seminar Series that focuses on substantive legal topics, career development strategies and skill building relevant to public interest law. This weekly lunchtime series starts in early June and runs through the beginning of August. Starting in the spring, you can RSVP for these Seminars at the links below. Attendance counts towards your 300 hour requirement. We hope you will be able to join us!

  • For all law student interns: All law student interns working at public interest law organizations this summer are invited to attend our virtual summer Educational Seminars, even if you do not receive funding through PILI. Learn more and sign up for updates »

PILI also maintains an online archive of past seminars.

Please contact PILI's Attorney Program Manager Arthur Surratt by email or by phone at 312-832-5130 with any questions or for more information about educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Interns

  • Helping Ourselves to Help Others: Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

    • July 18th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. Learn how to become aware of the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and practical tips you can utilize to promote self-care to help you become a better advocate for your client.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 24th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI's Summer Educational Series. A panel of dedicated public interest law attorneys will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law.

  • Evaluation Session: How Can We Make the Internship Experience Better? (PILI Law Student Interns Only)

    • July 30th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    PILI Law Students Interns Only. Help make our program better by sharing your experiences and providing feedback on PILI’s Law Student Internship Program.

  • What’s at Stake: Election 2024

    • August 8th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI’s Summer Educational Series. This November, this country will be heading to the polls to elect candidates at the national, state, and local levels. Hear from leaders at area legal services agencies about key issues that we can shape with our votes.

  • Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

    • August 13th, 2024 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar is part of PILI's Summer Educational Series. PILI Alumni will share insights and practical advice from their own experiences about how to make pro bono fit into a busy professional life.

  • PILI Alumni Reception: Welcoming the Newest Class of Interns & Fellows

    • August 15th, 2024 - 5:30 pm, at The Gage

    Join the Alumni Network Leadership Council as they welcome our 2024 PILI Interns & Fellows to our Alumni Network.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    • December 11th, 2024 - 11:30 am, at Palmer House Hilton

    PILI's Annual Awards Luncheon brings together nearly 500 members of the Illinois legal community every year to celebrate the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of the countless lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations who dedicate themselves to providing legal assistance to those in need.

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